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Senator pays visit to Pulaski County

The last time U.S. Sen. Jim Webb visited Pulaski County, hundreds of men and women were on strike, standing along a picket line outside the Volvo plant in Dublin.
Thursday afternoon, Webb paid another visit to the United Auto Workers Union Hall in Pulaski County, just 19 days before the national election.
However, during both visits, Webb expressed his strong support for the local workforce of southwest Virginia.
“I said this the last time I was here. I know that I’m the only statewide official ever elected in Virginia with a union card, two Purple Hearts and three tattoos,” Webb said, adding that he is the only statewide official who ever walked a union picket line during a strike during a campaign.
Webb noted that his political advisors had warned him not to do that, and in response, he said, “I don’t know if it was the right thing to do politically, but I know it was the right thing to do.”
In response, the mixed crowd filled with union workers, local leaders and Democratic party supporters cheered.
Webb said southwest Virginia is a part of the country that is “known for people who have strong family traditions, strong traditions of service and strong work ethics,” and what they want in return is just their fair share.
Webb also said that every place he has campaigned, whether in northern Virginia, a Chamber of Commerce debate across the state or in southwest Virginia, he has spoken the same words in terms of workforce and globalization.
“Because of globalization and other reasons, we’ve seen the most productive workforce in the world lose thousands upon thousands of jobs because of government policy and because the people at the top haven’t taken care of their workers,” Webb said.
He added that Virginia alone in the last eight years has lost 82,500 manufacturing jobs.
“We need to do something about this,” Webb said. “We need to be serious and earnest about doing something about this, and not simply standing here talking about it.
As for these changes, Webb said he believes that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will be able to help make them happen.
“I respect John McCain, he’s my friend, but he’s just the wrong man to be president,” Webb said.
As for what he believes the most important thing that a presidential candidate can do before they are elected to demonstrate their judgment, Webb said that it is choosing their vice-presidential running mate.
“Look at all of the energy and thought that went into selecting vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden,” Webb said. “You have to respect that and think to yourself, that is an individual who cares about the future of this country.”

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Senator pays visit to Pulaski County

The last time U.S. Sen. Jim Webb visited Pulaski County, hundreds of men and women were on strike, standing along a picket line outside the Volvo plant in Dublin.
Thursday afternoon, Webb paid another visit to the United Auto Workers Union Hall in Pulaski County, just 19 days before the national election.
However, during both visits, Webb expressed his strong support for the local workforce of southwest Virginia.
“I said this the last time I was here. I know that I’m the only statewide official ever elected in Virginia with a union card, two Purple Hearts and three tattoos,” Webb said, adding that he is the only statewide official who ever walked a union picket line during a strike during a campaign.
Webb noted that his political advisors had warned him not to do that, and in response, he said, “I don’t know if it was the right thing to do politically, but I know it was the right thing to do.”
In response, the mixed crowd filled with union workers, local leaders and Democratic party supporters cheered.
Webb said southwest Virginia is a part of the country that is “known for people who have strong family traditions, strong traditions of service and strong work ethics,” and what they want in return is just their fair share.
Webb also said that every place he has campaigned, whether in northern Virginia, a Chamber of Commerce debate across the state or in southwest Virginia, he has spoken the same words in terms of workforce and globalization.
“Because of globalization and other reasons, we’ve seen the most productive workforce in the world lose thousands upon thousands of jobs because of government policy and because the people at the top haven’t taken care of their workers,” Webb said.
He added that Virginia alone in the last eight years has lost 82,500 manufacturing jobs.
“We need to do something about this,” Webb said. “We need to be serious and earnest about doing something about this, and not simply standing here talking about it.
As for these changes, Webb said he believes that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will be able to help make them happen.
“I respect John McCain, he’s my friend, but he’s just the wrong man to be president,” Webb said.
As for what he believes the most important thing that a presidential candidate can do before they are elected to demonstrate their judgment, Webb said that it is choosing their vice-presidential running mate.
“Look at all of the energy and thought that went into selecting vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden,” Webb said. “You have to respect that and think to yourself, that is an individual who cares about the future of this country.”

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